Serving Essentials

This is the second list of essential entertaining items and here is what you need for serving. These picks are meant for more parties from six to twelve persons.


  1. basic glassware – six to twelve pieces of each: drinking glasses (juice, soft drinks, water, beer), wine glasses (white, red), mugs (hot chocolate), cups and saucers (coffee, tea), teapot, jug
  2. basic place settings – six to twelve of each: dinner plate, salad plate, bowl and dessert plate
  3. basic flatware – six to twelve sets of each: dinner knife, salad knife, dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, dessert spoon, dessert fork, steak knives
  4. basic serving set – large salad bowl and salad utensils, two to four serving platters or trays, set covered dishes or bowls, set serving utensils (tongs, serving spoons, serving forks, gravy ladle, cake server, ice cream scoop)
  5. basic serving helpers – corkscrew, bottle opener, sugar and creamer set, one set of salt and pepper shakers

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